(Working) Holiday in Cambodia

In Siem Reap, Cambodia, a tiny NGO called Journeys within our Communities is developing a microfinance program for people living in squatter villages and living on around $1 a day. Last year, with ABV, I visited to help with the project.

To meet the people, see my Flickr snaps and here’s my report.

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  1. Posted 9 November 2009 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Mark, I’m interested in what the microfinance loans are used for. When I was in Tanzania recently, I was told that in much of east Africa a common use is mobile phones.

    Many of these miniature communications companies are run by women, who then band together to create local telcos — all growing from the bottom up.

  2. Posted 24 November 2009 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    That’s right Stil. Mobiles can be the basis of a business, but also a business channel for microfinance. As a business channel the ANZ Royal Wing project in Cambodia is the best example I know of – see here for more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Js4H8OrDHPQ. At Grameen Bank, mobiles were so popular that they spawned a separate Grameen company: http://www.grameenphone.com/. Cheers, Mark

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  • Photograph of Aknorm: click for her story
    Aknorm, duck eggs and microfinance, Siem Reap, 2008.